ITA Announces 16 USTA Multicultural Grant Recipients

ITA Announces 16 USTA Multicultural Grant Recipients

From ITA Media Relations


SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association and United States Tennis Association are proud to announce the 16 recipients of the 2012 USTA Multicultural Grants. These $1,000 grants will assist these coaches in covering the cost of attendance at the ITA Coaches Convention, held at the Waldorf Astoria in Naples, Florida Dec. 15-18.

While in Naples, the group of beneficiaries will participate in a series of clinics and events to assist them in their profession, including the Multicultural Coaching Education Symposium presented by USTA Player Development. This training session will provide college coaches with insight into the teaching and coaching philosophy of USTA National Coaches, while also serving as a forum for strategies to increase the number of multicultural tennis coaches and players.

The 2012 USTA Multicultural Grant recipients are:

* Terry Alexander, Morehouse College

Tayo Bailey, Butler University

Andre Ferreira, Brenau University

Rochelle Nikki Goldthreate, Florida A&M University

Tanyaradzwa Gombera, The University of North Dakota

Sean Holcomb-Jones, Morgan State University

Curtis Lawson, North Carolina Central University

Chi Ly, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Jose D. Martinez, Warner University

Ximena Moore, Huntingdon College

Eduardo A. Rincon, University of Arkansas

Charlotte Scatliffe, University of the Pacific

Patrick Sullivan, University of Houston

Carl Lynn Summerlin, Sr., Long Island University Post

Autumn Williams, Clark Atlanta University

Jami Yonekura-Jones, San Diego City College

Among the honorees are African American, Hispanic American and Asian American coaches of teams competing in NCAA Division I, II and III, as well as NAIA and JUCO. First-year and veteran head coaches, in addition to one assistant coach, were selected as recipients.

In asking coaches how attending the ITA Convention, through the help of this grant program, would benefit them, some felt it would be a great networking opportunity while others looked forward to participating in clinics to grow their skills and knowledge as a coach.

An annual event since 1985, the ITA Coaches Convention is one of the best professional development opportunities for collegiate tennis coaches today. Nearly 300 men's and women's college tennis coaches at all levels gather each year for the four-day Convention, highlighted by some of the most influential people in the sport of tennis.

In addition to offering clinics, panel discussions, an awards banquet, a trade show and a chance to exchange ideas, the ITA Coaches Convention serves as the venue for the association's annual meetings, which includes Board of Directors, Operating Committee and Roundtable sessions.

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